What are electrical remedial works?
Electrical Remedial Works are implemented on electrical outlets, wiring and systems to make them function optimally within your property, once issues have been identified.
The issues often come to light after some form of condition report has been conducted, such as an Electrical Inspection Condition Report or EICR.
If you choose Hexo Services to complete your remedial electrical work, the job will be carried out by a specialist electrical test engineer, in order to bring your installation back in line with the current regulations.
Often, we will pick up on faults that other, less experienced testers may have overlooked.
Why do I need to arrange remedial electrical work?
Arranging remedial electrical work is incredibly important, from both a safety and financial point of view. There are different classes of property, some of which need to be maintained at all times for different reasons.
Namely, these are residential properties and commercial premises that will require regular testing and essential remedial electrical work.
Residential remedial electrical work
Did you know that more than half of all accidental household fires in the UK are caused by faulty electrics? This shocking statistic highlights why it is essential that the equipment within residential properties is regularly examined and fixed. This is where remedial electrical work comes in.
When the electrical systems in the homes you own/manage are well-maintained, there is a significant reduction in not only the risk to the building itself, but also to the individuals who live there.
Proving that your properties have the very best care and maintenance, from a safety aspect, will give you and your tenants peace of mind that your offering is superior to others on the market, and far safer.
Typical residential remedial electrical work might include:
- Replacement consumer units
- Electric shower safety works
- Repairs to damaged power cables
- Replacement light fittings
- External security lighting
- Repairs to sockets and switches
- Bathroom repairs: lights, shaver points
- RCD and RCBO protection
- Earthing and bonding
- Protection around enclosures
- General damage
Commercial electrical repair works
Commercial electrical repair works are an essential part of health and safety. There is a duty of care required from business owners, to ensure their workforce, and any guests, are kept safe at all times.
Inferior, damaged or poorly maintained electrical systems can be one of the key causes of fires in the workplace, putting those within the property at risk.
Furthermore, power outages can also occur as a result of electrical issues, leading to business set-backs and massive costs. From the loss of production time to damaged machinery, damaged stock and delays in meetings, all of which have a huge negative impact on business.
Regular inspection and thorough electrical remedial works are crucial to reducing these risks from both a safety and a cost perspective.
Typical commercial electrical repair work might include:
- Replacement distribution boards and circuits
- Electrical safety tests
- Circuit repairs
- Installation testing
- Replacement light fittings
- Replacement sockets and switches
- Repairs to damaged cables
- Installation of RCD protection
- Earthing and bonding upgrades and installations
- Circuit breakers and RCBOs
- Protection around enclosures
- Loose and damaged accessories
How is remedial electrical work conducted?
So what exactly is remedial electrical work and how it is conducted? Well, depending on the severity of the issues identified during your Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR certificate), certain faults will be given priority.
Ranging in severity, there are four observation codes that will be highlighted in an EICR certificate. In order to achieve compliance, you will be required to repair any C1, C2 and FI faults immediately to ensure electrical safety.
However, rectifying all errors, even those considered low risk, is best practice. The codes are as follows:
Observation Code C1
This is the most severe observation code. It means danger is present and there is an immediate threat to electrical safety. Action is mandatory and you will be issued with a “Danger Notice” and advised on how we can repair the defect to a satisfactory state.
Observation Code C2
C2 means there is a potentially dangerous defect with your electrical system and urgent corrective work is required. The issue is probably not an immediate concern, but it is likely to become dangerous if ignored.
Observation Code C3
Code 3 is a lower-level code defined as ‘Improvement Recommended’. This means a non-regulatory issue has been identified, or an element of the installation is recommended to be improved. There is no immediate danger and a certificate can have a satisfactory outcome if there are only C3 codes reported on it.
Observation Code FI
The FI observation code highlights that further investigation into the system is required. This generally means our engineer has found something that needs to be looked at in more depth. You will be given an overall unsatisfactory report until the engineer can confirm whether the system is safe.
No matter what the issues identified are, we will undertake quick and efficient remedial electrical work, in order to render your system compliant with BS 7671, the national standard for electrical installations. Once repair works have been carried out, the whole system will be examined again, to ensure the maintenance has been suitably completed.
Our electrical remedial services
At Hexo Services, we offer comprehensive electrical remedial services. From thorough testing to expert repairs, we assist private homeowners, tenants, landlords, housing associations and business clients across London and the South East.
We also undertake works that have previously been inspected or repaired by another company or professional. We offer special rates to repeat customers if businesses are instructed to undertake additional works.
Once your system has been repaired, we will then issue you with an Electrical Installation Certificate (EICR), or a Minor Works Certificate (MW), along with a satisfactory Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). This is proof that your system is up-to-date, safe and compliant.
Our expert engineers will also make suggestions and offer advice on improving the efficiency, functionality and operation of your existing systems. We offer out-of-hours appointments, so you can choose a time that suits you, allowing your business operations to continue with minimal disruption.
How much do electrical remedial works cost?
You might be wondered how much electrical remedial works cost. Well, at Hexo we’re keen to ensure work is completed effectively, quickly and in an affordable way.
Under government regulations, landlords have 28 days to arrange electrical remedial works. However, for regular customers we can arrange to complete repairs on the very same day. This reduces the number of bookings needed, minimises disruption for your tenants or staff and cuts costs.